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by PoP Sponsor September 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Dear PoPville,

You put in long hours at the office and want to come back to a clean home. Why shouldn’t you? You deserve it.

They put in long hours cleaning for our customers and want a fair wage for their work. Why shouldn’t they? They deserve it.

The cleaning industry is a nasty business. Illegal practices are rampant and worker exploitation is the norm. As companies increasingly misclassify their employees as contractors, workers lose out on pay, benefits, and legal protection.

But Well-Paid Maids is changing that. We are the D.C. area’s only living-wage home cleaning service, where all employees make at least $17/hour and receive a full benefits package. By creating an ethical alternative, we hope to provide progressive customers in the DC area with a cleaning service that matches their values.

When you book with Well-Paid Maids, it’s a win-win. Ready to schedule a cleaning? Check out our website to learn more and book your appointment today!

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder, Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more?  Check out our coverage by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as our company’s reviews on Yelp. Click here to book now.

by PoP Sponsor August 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

At Well-Paid Maids, we believe all employees should receive a living wage. Our competitors disagree.

So while the median wage for maids in the D.C. region is only $12.22/hour, we start our employees at $17/hour. And while most cleaning companies are misclassifying their workers as contractors to rob them of benefits, we provide a full benefits package including medical insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, maternity leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 2 holiday, and 15 vacation).

Our employees deserve it. They are great people who work hard every day to provide the best service possible to our customers and get closer to their own goals. Take Norma, who is saving to buy a home in Costa Rica for retirement. Or Nishad, who is starting IT classes. Or Johanna, who wants to help deaf people succeed in the hearing world.

And you deserve it too! Let’s be honest, living and working in the D.C. area can be a grind. 60-hour workweeks are not uncommon and when you’re on a big project or campaign there’s little time left for keeping your home in order. And we all know what kind of toll a messy home can take on your happiness (check out “Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid, Study Suggests”).

When you book with Well-Paid Maids, it’s a win-win. Ready to schedule a cleaning? Check out our website to learn more and book your appointment today!

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder, Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more?  Check out our coverage by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as our company’s reviews on Yelp.

PoPville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before September 16th and using coupon code POPVILLE. Click here to book now.

by PoP Sponsor July 24, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Well-Paid Maids is the DC area’s only living-wage home cleaning service.

All of our staff members are employees, not contractors. They earn a living wage of at least $17/hour and receive a full benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 2 holiday, and 15 vacation).

Paying a living wage benefits our business in many ways. It improves recruiting. It reduces turnover. It increases service quality. It motivates customers. Those are all great things, but they aren’t why we do it.

Take a moment, scroll up, and read the interview with Norma, whom we’ve been lucky enough to employ since April. She’s kind, intelligent and incredibly diligent. Customers love her, and they should — she works hard every day to provide the best cleaning service possible. She also has big goals and she’s pushing herself every day to make them a reality.

But how can she achieve her goals if her job doesn’t pay enough to live on? How can she realize her dreams if she can’t save money?

Norma is why we pay a living wage. She deserves it. All workers do.

If you agree, check out our website to learn more about Well-Paid Maids or book a cleaning today.

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder, Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more?  Check out our coverage by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as our company’s reviews on Yelp.

PoPville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before July 31st and using coupon code POPVILLE. Click here to book now.

by PoP Sponsor June 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Well-Paid Maids is the DC area’s only living-wage home cleaning service.

All of our staff members are employees, not contractors.

They earn a living wage of at least $17/hour and receive a full benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 2 holiday, and 15 vacation).

Paying a living wage benefits our business in many ways. It improves recruiting. It reduces turnover. It increases service quality. It motivates customers. Those are all great things, but they aren’t why we do it.

Take a moment, scroll up, and read the interview with Nishad, whom we’ve been lucky enough to employ since April. He’s conscientious, smart and incredibly friendly. Customers love him, and they should — he works hard every day to provide the best cleaning service possible. He also has big goals and he’s pushing himself to make them a reality.

But how can he achieve his goals if his job doesn’t pay enough to live on? How can he realize his dreams if he can’t save money?

Nishad is why we pay a living wage. He deserves it. All workers do.

If you agree, check out our website to learn more about Well-Paid Maids or book a cleaning today.

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder, Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more? Check out our coverage by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as our company’s reviews on Yelp.

PoPville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before June 30th and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount). Click here to book now.

by PoP Sponsor May 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Well-Paid Maids is the D.C. area’s only living-wage home cleaning service.

All of our staff members are employees, not contractors. They earn a living wage of at least $17/hour and receive a full benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 2 holiday and 15 vacation).

Paying a living wage benefits our business in many ways. It improves recruiting. It reduces turnover. It increases service quality. It motivates customers. Those are all great things, but they aren’t why we do it.

Take a moment, scroll up, and read the interview with Johanna, whom we’ve been lucky enough to employ since January.

She’s kind, she’s intelligent and she’s diligent. Customers love her, and they should — she works hard every day to provide the best cleaning service possible. She has big goals for herself and she’s working hard to make them a reality.

But how can she achieve her goals if her job doesn’t pay enough to live on? How can she realize her dreams if she can’t save money?

Johanna is why we pay a living wage. She deserves it. All workers do.

If you agree, check out our website to learn more about Well-Paid Maids or book a cleaning today.

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder, Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more?  Check out our coverage by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as our company’s reviews on Yelp.

PoPville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before May 31 and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount). Click here to book now.

by PoP Sponsor March 13, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

Dear PoPville Readers,

Well-Paid Maids is the DC area’s first and only living-wage home cleaning service. By providing customers with an ethical alternative in the home cleaning industry, we hope to show that businesses can thrive while paying a living wage in an industry known for worker exploitation.

All of our staff members are employees, not contractors. They earn a living wage and receive a full benefits package, including health and dental insurance, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, disability insurance, paid family leave, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and 22 paid days off annually (5 sick, 7 holiday and 10 vacation).

As we all know, the cost of living in the DC metro area continues to rise. In January, the MIT Living Wage Calculator updated its figures and determined the DC-area living wage to be $16.90. As a result, Well-Paid Maids raised its starting wage to $17/hour last month — $4.50 above the DC minimum wage. And while some companies try to push rising costs onto customers, our prices are not going up.

For Well-Paid Maids, the living wage is not a feel-good branding ploy or throwaway ad copy, it’s who we are. If you’d like to join the dozens of PoPville readers who have already used Well-Paid Maids, check out our website to learn more or book a cleaning today.

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder, Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more?  Check out recent coverage of Well-Paid Maids by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as the company’s reviews on Yelp!

PoPville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before March 31st and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount).

Click here to book now!

by PoP Sponsor January 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Dear PoPville Readers,

“Hack.”

“Swamp-dweller.”

“Elitist.”

It’s not easy to be a Washingtonian these days. Turn on cable news and you’ll find yourself described as at least one of these terms. Supposedly, those of us living and working in Washington are self-interested, hypocritical and part of the problem. I know, however, that the opposite is true. And I can prove it.

In August, out of frustration that I could not find an ethical cleaning company in the D.C. area, I launched Well-Paid Maids, a living-wage home cleaning company. As described by The Washington Post, the company was an experiment — would Washingtonians be willing to pay a bit more to support a business that offers its employees a starting wage of $16 per hour as well as health and dental insurance, sick leave, vacation and employer-paid commuting costs?

After about six months in business, I’m happy to say that the answer is a resounding yes. Contrary to popular belief, Washingtonians have big hearts, believe in big ideas and practice what they preach. Since launching, Washingtonians have booked over 600 cleanings with Well-Paid Maids, allowing us grow to a staff of three full-time employees, with plans to double in size by spring.  

So anyway, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for helping to prove that living-wage businesses are viable. Thank you for improving the lives of our employees by giving them access to stable, living-wage work and good benefits. Thank you for reminding me that Washingtonians are among the most idealistic and caring people in America. Thank you for your continued support.

Best,

Aaron Seyedian
Founder Well-Paid Maids

Want to learn more?  Check out recent coverage on Well-Paid Maids by The Washington Post and The Aspen Institute as well as the company’s reviews on Yelp!

Popville readers can get $10 off a cleaning by booking before January 31 and using coupon code POPVILLE (not combinable with any other discount).

Click here to book now!

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